Drugs She’s Back!
posted by August 8 at 11:39 AMon
The green fairy, absinthe, has arisen to legally kiss American lips for the first time in nearly a hundred years. No, not the crap called Absente. This is the real deal.
Absinthe begins as a neutral spirit in which green anise, Florence fennel, wormwood and other herbs are soaked. The resulting mixture is then redistilled. If the absinthe is clear — a blanche absinthe — it’s done. A green, or verte, absinthe goes through a coloring step, using petite absinthe, hyssop and melissa to impart the distinctive peridot tinge.
Notorious for driving drinkers to the funny farm – Van Gogh supposedly sliced off his ear while under her spell – the liquor’s status was changed in the U.S. to jibe with the E.U. The medicine-flavored drink’s feared chemical, theujue, from wormwood, is known to cause convulsions or death in large doses, but one glass of absinthe contains only as much of it as a turkey prepared with rosemary. They now admit.
Bottled under the name Lucid, the green gal hasn’t arrived on liquor-store shelves in Washington. You’ll have to contact retailers in the New York area. Special spoons for the no-longer-nefarious sugar-cube-melting ritual can be found here.